Commissioner of Charities orders Project Awareness to stop fund-raising appeals

The Commissioner of Charities (COC) on Monday ordered Project Awareness to stop raising funds unless certain conditions are fulfilled.

Project Awareness, a social initiative group to help the needy, would need to have proper systems and control in place which comply with the Charities Regulations. Any bank account for the receipt of proceeds from fund-raising appeals should only be in the name of Project Awareness (Singapore) and no other, as stated in the order.

COC also ordered Project Awareness not to involve its project coordinator William Soh, "directly or indirectly, in the conduct and management of any fund-raising appeal". Project Awareness' founder Elson Soh had previously told The Straits Times that a bank account number listed on Project Awareness' Facebook page for donors to directly credit their donations, belongs to his project coordinator William Soh, who has been reported to be a bankrupt.

Mr Elson Soh and Project Awareness director Ng Yung Kung, were informed of COC's order on Monday. When contacted, Mr William Soh said that he has left Project Awareness in September.